TF2 Mapping-Link Resources

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  1. DJive

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    NEW VERSION OF THIS LIST, CLICK HERE
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    TF2 Level Editing & Modeling Link Resources


    "CTRL+F" is your best friend here.

    --> Getting Started with Source Engine Level Editing - The Setup

    --> Feedback - On posting new links in this Thread.


    Color Legend
    * Main Topics in Orange.
    * Topics in bold.
    * Sub Topics are marked in yellow.
    * Important information is marked in Green.

    What this Resource includes:

    Getting started guide
    Explains step by step what you need to do to get the SDK and Hammer World Editor working on your computer!

    An extensive list of tutorials covering just about everything!
    This list is constantly being updated and expanded upon, look out for the featured tutorials!

    Level Editing Articles
    These articles discuss a broad range of topics. They range from mapping for competitive TF2 to lighting to simple prop visibility control. Must read articles for anyone who wants to further understand game design for any game.

    Tools to help you share and customize your maps
    Need a file sharing site? Looking for that Photoshop or 3DS Plugin?




    Still can't find what you are looking for?
    Try the Archived TF2maps.net Level Editing Forum Threads
     
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    Getting Started with Source Engine Level Editing
    The Setup

    Download Source SDK Level Design software
    1. Open up Steam Tools. click the gray "Source SDK" then "Install" on the bottom right
    2. Install may take a while. Once done "Source SDK" will now be white in the "Tools" tab.

    Configuring Hammer Editor for Team Fortress 2.
    3. Open "Source SDK". On the screen select "team fortress 2" in the drop down.
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    4. Double Click on the Hammer Editor "top" and it should open now.

    5. Once open go to Tools>Options.

    6. Select "Team Fortress 2" from the drop down and make sure the following is filled in.
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    7. Once correct hit apply/ok.

    8. Now go to File>New and start mapping!
    Also note:

    Visit TF2Maps.net for the most up to date level editing links and news.

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    General Level Editing Links

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    TF2Mappers Chat Log
    In the the TF2maps Steam chat many questions are asked and answered.
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    Architecture, Environment & Level Design

    Displacements

    Errors, Help with
    FAQs

    File Hosting
    *This is the preferred and best way to do off-site file hosting/sharing

    General Help


    Lighting

    Mapping Communities and General Sites

    Map files

    Optimization Guides / Techniques - All these are a MUST to read




    Prop Library:
    • Prop Library - Contains 850 props across 19 categories. Amazing. By A Boojum Snark

    SDK Resource:
    • Improved FGD - Fixes to SDK, great for mappers. By A Boojum Snark

    Screenshot | Image Hosting

    Sky's and Skybox's

    Sound Effects
     
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    Tutorials

    ---Here you will find many links to "how-to's" and "step-by-step's" For search reasons, some of the links will be multiple.
    -----IE. whats found under "displacements" may also be under "how to create a cliff"

    Your First Room:

    Cliffs:

    Stairs:

    Cubemaps:

    Detail:

    Displacements:
    Doors:
    Elevator / Lift:
    Forward Spawn Room:


    Game Types:

    Custom Menu:

    Layout Help:

    Overlays:

    SkyBox:
    Texture Creation:
    Tool Use: (Work in progress)


    Water:

    YouTube SDK Video: - If you prefer watching and learning
     
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    Useful Tools​


    Map Packing / Distributing
    • Pakrat - Used to embed custom textures, Sounds, and Models in the .bsp file
    • 7-zip - Used to compress your .bsp's into .bsp.bz2's saving a TON of file size
    • Winrar - Great zipping utility
    Map Decompiling / Extraction Tools
    • GCFScape - Explore GCF directories and extract files.
    • VMEX - Decompile BSP maps into VMF files.
    Model / 3D Editors
    Texture Editors/Resources

    Photo Referencing and Inspiration:
    Industrial photography, history and architecture
     
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    Guys;

    This is a constant work-in-progress to us all. Please check this out and post any and ALL comments, links, changes, ETC you'd like to see. Please add Idea's as well.

    Lets get a nice one-stop thread going for people starting up, and advanced users to have easy to find/access mapping resources.
     
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    Added.

    Thank you, i was wondering where that link was =p
     
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    holy shit this is good. thanks.
    might want to sticky this too.
     
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    Added.

    Keep em coming guys!
     
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    02/20/08: Added a bunch more links, really useful stuff under Optimization now, recommended EVERYONE check that stuff out.

    Come on guys, post your links =)
     
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    Shameless Bump, for tons-o-updates.

    Guys please. if it's not listed, make sure to comment so we can add it =)
     
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    ....Texture Editors
    the GIMP
    Image Manipulation

    ArtWeaver
    Image Manipulation

    VTFEdit
    VTF and VTM editor / batch texture compiler
     
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    model/3d
    Blender
    3d modelling and animation
    XSI
    3d software
     
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    Thanks a bunch Trackhed.

    Added.
     
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    Awesome, Added. I do a lot of my own brushwork so those links I'm sure will come in very handy. *sigh* i should really do modeling instead of brushes lol